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DPO Presents "Principal Quartet and Friends:" a Chamber Concert for Strings at the DAI

Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

DAYTON, OH (October 1, 2013) – On Thursday, November 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Auditorium, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Principal Quartet and Friends, the first of three Special Events in the DPO 2013-2014 Signature Season.

According to composer Evan Chambers, his String Quartet: Three Memories is a byproduct of his love of Irish traditional music that “struck me as an admonition that we should live life like we make music, with love, a deep sense of the simple and overwhelming beauty around us, and with wild abandon.” The piece begins with a lament that portrays a sense of sadness and loss followed by two Irish jigs, one of which was inspired by a fox standing in a field and the other by a laughing man driving a farm cart.

Composed while he was in the United States in 1893, Antonin Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 appears to some to be understandably permeated with the influence of American folk music, while others disagree and argue that the only thing American about the piece is the fact that Dvorák was here when he wrote it. That didn’t stop American composers who came after Dvorák from modeling their compositions on it, thereby justifying its title after all.

Guest violist Stephen Goist joins the DPO Principal Quartet for Johannes Brahms’s Viola Quintet No. 2. Commonly referred to as the Prater Quintet, the work has four movements and is known for its many key changes, form shifts, and instrument solos. The first movement, Allegro non troppo, ma con brio (not too fast, but with vigor), opens with a cello solo in G major and then encounters a series of key changes before finally ending back at G major. The second, Adagio (slowly), also opens with a viola solo. The third movement, Un poco Allegretto (a little fairly quick), is in a minuet-trio-minuet structure. A viola theme begins the fourth movement, Vivace, ma non troppo presto (lively, but not so very fast), which the violin copies.

The DPO Principal Quartet consists of Concertmaster Jessica Hung, Principal Second Violin Kirstin Greenlaw, Principal Viola Sheridan Currie, and Principal Cello Andra Lunde Padrichelli.

Principal Quartet and Friends general seating tickets at the DAI Renaissance Auditorium are $20, Seniors $18 and Students $10. More information is available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.

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